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On September 20th, 2011 in News

Finally, after a long wait with a lot of anticipation, DICE has announced that the Battlefield 3 beta starts on September 29, and will be available on all platforms. The beta will run on the Operation Metro map, and support the Rush mode only — just like the Alpha. Furthermore, DICE revealed the system requirements for the beta:

Minimum system requirements

  • OS: windows vista (service pack 2) 32-bit
  • Processor: 2 GHz dual core (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Althon x2 2.7 GHz)
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Hard drive: 20 GB
  • Graphics card (AMD): DirectX 10.1 compatible with 512 MB ram (ATI Radeon 3000, 4000, 5000 or 6000 series, with ATI Radeon 3870 or higher performance)
  • Graphics card (Nvidia): DirectX 10.0 compatible with 512 MB ram (Nvidia GeForce 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 or 500 series with Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or higher performance)
  • Sound card: DirectX compatible
  • Keyboard and mouse

Recommended system requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor: Quad-core CPU
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Hard drive: 20 GB
  • Graphics card: DirectX 11 compatible with 1024 MB ram (Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or ATI Radeon 6950)
  • Sound card: DirectX compatible
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • DVD rom drive

As previously known, Origin will be required to play the beta on PC. The open beta will run for approximately 10 days, ending on October 10.

On September 19th, 2011 in News

Battlefield 3 week in review
This is a summary of the Battlefield 3 news, updates and media for the week of September 11 – 18.

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Most commented posts over the past week

Comment of the week

  • “I like how if it wasn’t mentioned that this was Xbox 360 footage, everyone would be posting about how much they ejaculated while watching the video. Instead, the general consensus is “Oh, it looks alright.” Funny how something as insignificant as a title could change what some people actually visually perceive.” by Jason.
On September 17th, 2011 in News

Back to Karkand
EA and DICE have previously stated that they plan up to 3X the amount of DLC for Battlefield 3 compared to Bad Company 2. Speaking to OXM, DICE producer Patrick Bach revealed a few interesting details about Battlefield players’ views on downloadable content. Bach said:

“We actually got a lot of flack for giving away free maps. I know it sounds weird, but people got really upset with us. People said: ‘if you’re giving it away, why couldn’t you give it away earlier?’ There were a lot of complaints.”

DICE released a lot of Bad Company 2 content, mostly maps that were redesigned to support other game modes, and remade maps from Bad Company 1. However, the only paid DLC for Bad Company 2, Vietnam, was well received, despite costing $10.

“The only thing we’ve done that was more or less 100% positive was Vietnam: it was a bigger pack and we charged for it, but everyone saw the value, and everyone enjoyed the game.”

Bach said that when gamers paid for something, they expected a much greater value than if it was released for free, saying “people get very suspicious when they get something for free”. He also stressed that this hasn’t discouraged DICE from not giving away free DLC — they still plan on giving out free DLC for Battlefield 3.

Even before the game is out, there is already a free DLC available: If you pre-order Battlefield 3, you’ll get the Back to Karkand expansion for free.

On September 16th, 2011 in Gallery

Battlefield 3 screenshots
Battlefield 3 is currently impressing people at the Tokyo Game Show, and for the occasion, EA released a batch of new screenshots, showing us new angles of the Caspian Border map, among others. All screenshots are in 1080p, and can double as great wallpapers. And no, you won’t find any information about the beta encoded in the screenshots. Read on for the full gallery. READ ON »

On September 13th, 2011 in News

Battlefield 3 piratePiracy is still a huge problem for PC gaming, where, in some markets, the piracy rates are upwards of 90%. In a recent interview with GameSpot, DICE’s Karl Magnus-Troedsson said that piracy didn’t affect the Battlefield series because the games require an online connection and account, but that doesn’t mean the studio has no experience with piracy. Troedsson said:

“So far, Battlefield has been unaffected by it because we have a multiplayer online game where you need to be logged in, so we haven’t had any huge problems with it. We’ve had other titles that have been hit hard by it, so piracy is still a problem.”

However, when it comes to a solution for piracy, DICE and Troedsson aren’t big believers in the DRM solutions that some publishers have used, publishers like Ubisoft which require PCs to have a constant connection to a DRM server.

“I’m not advocating draconian DRM solutions. I don’t believe that’s the best way to do it. I’d rather have people buy our games, direct to consumer through different e-tailer solutions.”

Piracy has driven many PC-only developers, like DICE, to create their games for consoles as well, as a way of justifying the high cost of game development where games tend to cost upwards of $20 million to develop. Unless it’s an MMO, it’s very hard for a PC-only game with that kind of budget to return the investment if 90% of players pirate the game.

On September 11th, 2011 in News

Week in review
As we’re getting more and more Battlefield 3 news, rumors and media, we’ll be bringing you a weekly news roundup each Sunday, of stuff you may have missed over the past 7 days.

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Most commented posts over the past week

Comment of the week

  • Beta complainers are getting seriously annoying, just be patient for crying out loud” – by InfamousRabiTT.

 

On September 11th, 2011 in News


There has been a lot of mudslinging and smack talking between the heads of EA and Activision, where EA folks have repeatedly stated that Battlefield 3 is designed to take down Modern Warfare 3 and that Call of Duty will be over in 2-3 years. That’s EA when they’re speaking in general to create hype around their product.

However, the tone is quite different when they’re talking to investors and shareholders. EA CFO Eric Brown recently told a group of investors that they don’t expect Battlefield 3 to surpass Modern Warfare. Brown said:

“Just to be clear, the [Call of Duty] franchise did about 23 million units worldwide. We don’t expect to surpass them with this year’s Battlefield 3, just to be very clear.”

To borrow the phrase from Brown, “just to be very clear”, no one really expected Battlefield 3 to beat Modern Warfare 3 in terms of units sold, but it will most certainly give it a run for its money. Many industry analysts expect Battlefield 3 sales to top 10 million, and the game is off to a great start, if recent pre-order numbers are any indication: Battlefield 3 has been pre-ordered 1.25 million times to date, with a month and a half left until game launch.

On September 7th, 2011 in News

Battlefield 3 pre-orders
We’ve previously toyed around with the idea of Battlefield 3 pre-orders topping 1 million units before launch, but it’s always hard to tell when there are no official numbers. Well, now there are, as EA CFO Eric Brown revealed during the Citi Tech Conference. Brown said that Battlefield 3 so far has been pre-ordered 1.25 million times, which is above all expectations, and certainly more than any other Battlefield game.

Brown also said that EA has a head start on Modern Warfare 3, something they plan on taking advantage of. Brown said:

“We have the advantage of a two-and-a-half week early launch window versus our competitor, and we intend to use that.”

On top of that, Brown revealed that the marketing campaign for Battlefield 3 is bigger than that of the upcoming and much anticipated MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic.

It was previously reported, but unconfirmed, that Battlefield 3 pre-orders had surpassed 700,000 units, a number which was 10 times that of the previous Battlefield game, Bad Company 2. If you still haven’t pre-ordered, check out our list of pre-order deals currently available.

On September 7th, 2011 in News

BF3 PCYou can pre-order Battlefield 3 from a variety of retailers (and honestly, who hasn’t pre-ordered already?), and often, you’ll find some decent discounts on the game as well. Here’s a list of the current pre-order deals for Battlefield 3, in case you still haven’t pre-ordered the game.

Amazon: $61

Amazon includes the Back To Karkand expansion pack + a set of unique dog tags. The game retails for $60 + $1 release day delivery (which means you get the game on release date). Store link.

Best Buy: $60

Best Buy has the same Back to Karkand deal + the SPECACT Kit multiplayer skins. You can pick up the game at a Best Buy store, while the code for SPECACT kit will be emailed to you. Store link.

GameStop: $60

The GameStop pre-order includes the Back To Karkand expansion + the Physical Warfare pack. Pre-orders will be available for pick up at a GameStop store. If you’re a PowerUp Rewards member, you get a free PDF game guide as well. Store link.

Direct2Drive: $54

Direct2Drive offers a downloadable version for $54, but only includes the Back To Karkand expansion pack and no pre-order bonus. Store link.

GamersGate: $54

GamersGate offers the same deal as Direct2Drive: $54 for a downloadable copy which includes Back to Karkand. Store link.

EA Origin: $60

Origin offers the Back to Karkand expansion pack + Physical Warfare Pack + early beta access where pre-orders are granted a 48 hour head start on the Battlefield 3 beta. In addition, the pre-order includes a few Battlefield Play4Free items. The boxed copy includes free shipping. Store link.

If you know of any other deals, let us know in the comments and we’ll update this page.

On September 3rd, 2011 in News

Battlefield 3 singleplayerIn a new interview with VG24/7, Battlefield 3 lead designer David Goldfarb talked a lot about the singleplayer component of Battlefield 3, and where DICE drew inspiration from to craft the singleplayer campaign. Specifically, Goldfarb mentioned that DICE isn’t looking to emulate Modern Warfare nor are they looking to repeat Bad Company 2 — for Battlefield 3, they’re aiming for a more realistic experience.

To use the example of Modern Warfare: they’re doing things their way and they’re awesome at that, but we wanted to do things our way, and we hope that we’re awesome at that. And that means we’re doing Generation Kill and 24; that’s closer to what we’re doing, I think.

“Generation Kill” is a realistic, cinema vérité-styled TV series that follows a group of soldiers in Iraq. Goldfarb also mentioned that unlike the recent Call of Duty singleplayer campaigns that are constantly high-paced, Battlefield 3 aims for a variety of pacing styles throughout the story, as Goldfarb puts it:

“We are looking for a broad pacing, from 1-10 as opposed to 10-11. I think that’s a pretty big deal for shooters, to try to do that kind of pacing, to have it be slow for a little while and to make people wait. That’s much harder than we thought it was.”

Finally, Goldfarb commented on the length of the singleplayer campaign, saying that it’s around 7 hours, depending on what difficulty you play on, and mentioned that they’re rather “have six hours of awesome than 12 hours of ‘meh’”. We couldn’t agree more.

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